Idaho Attorney General Responds To Betting Machine Court Battle

Jun 10, 2015

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is going after the wrong guy in their legal fight over instant horse racing terminals.

The tribe filed a petition with the Idaho Supreme Court last week contending that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto of legislation banning the betting machines is invalid because he didn't complete it within the required five-day time span. The tribe asked the high court to force Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to certify the legislation as law.

On Wednesday, the attorney general's office filed its response with the Idaho Supreme Court. In the document, Wasden contends that the fault of any error in the veto lies outside of the Secretary of State's office and so it would be improper to force Denney to act.